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China donates machinery to aid South Sudan's agricultural development | US ends financial assistance to South Sudan, warns of consequences | Gbudue government and SPLA-IO celebrates Peace in Yambio | Deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo puts South Sudan on high alert: U.N | How the United States Kept Arms Flowing into South Sudan |

Cyril Ramaphosa elected South Africa’s President

South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa has been appointed as President by African National Congress (ANC) following Jacob Zuma resignation. Ramaphosa was chosen by lawmakers as permanent president, a role he will fill until elections next year. The National Assembly speaker congratulated the country’s new president as she wished former president the best in his endeavours. His appointment was certain as Members of Parliament elected him unopposed. In his address, Ramaphosa vowed to be a servant and engage all stakeholders including…

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IGAD proposes four deputy presidents in South Sudan

The East African regional bloc IGAD has proposed an expansion of the executive to allow South Sudan’s president appoint four deputies for inclusivity in government. In a draft proposal for power sharing received by media outlets today, IGAD proposed that South Sudan’s cabinet should comprise of the president, the four vice presidents, and the ministers. The president of South Sudan, according to the new proposal, shall serve as president and executive head of state for a transitional period that…

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Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn submits resignation

  Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said on Thursday he had submitted his resignation as both premier and the chairman of the ruling coalition. The move comes amid a political crisis and lingering unrest in the Horn of Africa country, which has released thousands of prisoners to ease tensions. In January 3, 2018 Desalegn disclosed that Ethiopia would release and pardon prisoners jailed for political reasons. This marked the first time that the government had to admit that there were people…

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More Regional Protection Forces Arrive in South Sudan’s Juba

More foreign troops arrived in South Sudan’s capital as part of the U.N. Security Council-mandated Regional Protection Force (RFP). But a South Sudanese analyst says the additional peacekeepers will have no impact on the country’s deadly conflict if they are not deployed outside of Juba. The 270 Rwandans who arrived on Saturday join about 600 other personnel from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Pakistan and Rwanda. Francesca Mold, a spokeswoman for the U.N. Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), said more Rwandans are…

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6 African nations among the worst to be young in a war zone

  Six African nations are among the 10 worst in the world to be a child in a war zone, a new report says. The Save the Children report released Thursday looks at factors including attacks on schools, child soldier recruitment, sexual violations, killings and lack of humanitarian access and is based on analysis by the Norway-based Peace Research Institute Oslo. Syria tops the list followed by Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen, Nigeria, South Sudan, Iraq, Congo, Sudan and Central African…

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Tough talk: Jubilee accuses Maraga of favouring the opposition

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party has written to Chief Justice David Maraga, accusing him and the Judiciary of poor leadership, bias, impunity and double standards. In a strongly worded three-page letter to Maraga, Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju detailed seven cases where his party believes the Judiciary had shown it was favouring the Opposition, something that is likely to start a war with the Judiciary. Uhuru’s party claimed the Judiciary was being controlled by National Super Alliance (NASA) and…

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Ethiopia: End Game?

The protest movement playing out in Ethiopia is one of the most consequential conflicts on the African continent – more than any other, it has the potential to upend US policy in the Horn of Africa. It could disrupt counterterrorism efforts in Somalia and reduce the number of peacekeeping troops in South Sudan. But alarmingly, it has barely registered in Washington policy discussions or in the American press. Ethiopia’s Oromo population is celebrating a victory today that is probably…

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